THERE ARE TWO pieces of
cloth– the smaller one closely matching some marks on the larger one.
They have apparently survived 17 years short of 20 centuries; not to
mention invasions, Jihad and Crusades, long travel, display, trial,
fires, and all the vagaries of time, history, and human frailty.
To the very first people who handed them
on, these items were ritually unclean, polluted and polluting, and signs
of an accursed, shameful, and unholy death,
according to the Jewish Torah.
That these bloody things from a gory
execution and death were even handed on, passed down, and venerated in
the first place is a strange, remarkable, and mysterious matter in
One is essentially a large bloody rag
with large pin-holes in it (above); the other is a 14-foot long piece
of the very finest herringbone Egyptian linen, woven for use as a Jewish
burial cloth, around the time when Julius Caesar had been dead only a
little over 75 years.
Read it al here...................
It’s now kept in Portugal. Other ancient cloth
samples have likewise survived the centuries– but these particular two
still exist because they were protected and kept safe, and for what they
were thought to be.